Ford Bell on War & Peace


Supports Iraq withdrawal

Source: Campaign website, www.FordBell.com, "Issues" Dec 25, 2005

War in Iraq was knowingly sold on false premises

The war in Iraq was knowingly sold to Congress and the American people on the basis of these false premises: first, that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction that he would use against the United States and, second, that the Iraqi regime was somehow linked to the 9/11 attacks on the US. Despite the Bush Administration's aggressive propaganda campaign, there was ample evidence-from weapons inspectors in Iraq and from intelligence sources around the world-that neither of these was true.
Source: Campaign website, www.FordBell.com, "Issues" Dec 25, 2005

Iraq has become a recruiting ground for terrorists

The American people were told repeatedly by the President and his war team that we had to hunt down and kill terrorists in Iraq in order to make us safe from attacks. In reality, the opposite is true. We are now engaged in a war that has made us less safe, not more so, and we've created a training and recruiting ground for terrorists who will stream into Iraq as long as our troops are there.
Source: Campaign website, www.FordBell.com, "Issues" Dec 25, 2005

Iraq is like the Soviet Union's Afghanistan

It's tempting to compare Iraq to our experience in Vietnam, but the truth is that our situation in Iraq is really a tragic echo of the Soviet experience in Afghanistan back in the late 1970s and 1980s. The Soviet invasion also turned Afghanistan into a training ground and recruiting ground for terrorists like Osama Bin Laden and other Islamic extremists who learned their craft fighting the Soviets (with the support of the US) and have now turned their deadly skills against Americans.
Source: Campaign website, www.FordBell.com, "Issues" Dec 25, 2005

Iraq war is Bush's personal vendetta against Saddam

The war in Iraq is one man's war. It's a consequence of President Bush's determination, apparently from the moment he took office, to remove Saddam Hussein. The attacks on 9/11 became a pretext for a war that could not be justified on the basis of intelligence or national security concerns. It could only be justified as a personal vendetta against Hussein.
Source: Campaign website, www.FordBell.com, "Issues" Dec 25, 2005

Victory is not just around the corner-withdraw now

It's time for us to push aside those who tell us that victory is just around the corner given more money, more troops, and more patience. These are false prophets. We know what's around the next corner and it's more casualties, more grieving families, more death and destruction. We need to end our involvement in Iraq in a responsible way that protects both the safety of our troops and the safety of Iraqis.

We can begin discussions immediately with the Arab League, the United Nations and our European allies to formulate a withdrawal plan that protects Iraqis, speeds the advent of a stable and representative Iraqi government, and facilitates the rapid rebuilding of the Iraqi infrastructure. The world needs to know that we're committed to an expeditious departure and an end to the bloodshed and destruction. It's time to end the war. It's time to bring our men and women home.

Source: Campaign website, www.FordBell.com, "Issues" Dec 25, 2005

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